bittergourd, karella stir fry

Delicious Bittergourd/Karela/Karavila Stir Fry – A Sure Antidote For Diabetes

bittergourd, karella stir fry

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Despised for its bitter taste, as a matter of fact, karela is not favoured by many.  However, it is not a secret that  Karela is relished by those who are aware of its therapeutic value and innumerable health benefits.

Karela has active substances such as charantin with anti-diabetic properties which act as insulin that help to control blood sugar levels!  Diabetic patients could reap full benefits of Karela by drinking juice of it first thing in the morning to flush out toxins and excess blood sugar.  Consuming Karela in regular basis will help the body to combat against building up excess sugar levels and stay in control with diabetes.

This recipe outshines all my other Karela recipes for its delicious taste and crunchy texture which is incredibly appetising.  Unbelievably, the few lemon juice drops added to the stir fry at the end, enhance the taste in a great deal and make it quite pleasant to the taste buds too.

So, please make this simple recipe and enjoy it every now and again and keep yourself healthy and revitalized

Only the basic few ingredients are needed to make this dish:

Bittergourd / Karela / Karavila 4 medium
Onions 2 large
Kashmiri Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice  a few drops
Salt as required
Olive oil 2 tbsps

Let’s make :          

Important : Do not wash Karela before cutting

  • Cut dainty, thin rounds with seeds and all (Nothing should be wasted)
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp of salt and keep aside for 20 – 30 mins
  • After 20 mins, place karela in a colander and wash under a cold tap until salt is removed
  • Squeeze dry and keep aside

Stir fry

Add olive oil and heat up a wide pan

Add Karela and stir fry for about 3-4 mins or until slightly tender

Drop chopped onions and continue stir frying for a few mins or until Karela is getting crispy

Add turmeric, salt and Kashmiri chili powder

  • Cover and lower the flame.  This will allow uncooked bits to cook evenly and all the spices to blend.  Upto 3-4 mins is sufficient

  • Open the lid, squeese a few drops of lemon juice and give a good mix under medium flame
  • Done
  • Enjoy the delicious, crispy Karela stir fry either on its own or as a side dish with your main meal

                          

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Karella stir fry

Bitter gourd stir fry – Diabetes buster with its natural best

During my recent visit to Sri Lanka,  I was served this dish by my sister, Lakmali which instantly won my taste buds as well as my heart.

I loved the crunchiness of the Karella slices despite its mild bitterness and the coconut that gave a very pleasant sweetness to compensate the bitter flavour.

The best news is that while making this stir fry, karella is in its natural form and intact with all its medicinal values. Well known as the world’s best antidote for diabetes, bitter gourd,  eaten raw or half cooked like in this dish, flushes out the excess sugar and toxins in the system and purifies it.

This dish could be eaten on its own or as a side dish with steamed rice.

So, let’s make it:

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 Light green, very tender bitter gourd 3
Freshly scraped/grated coconut a handful
Salt to taste
Pepper powder 1 tsp
Onions 1 large
Curry leaves and two pinches of turmeric
Oil 1 tbsp

  How to make :

  • Slice up the bitter gourd very thinly.

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  • Remove all the seeds

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  • Sprinkle a little salt water and keep aside for 5 mins.
  • Mix grated coconut with a bit of turmeric(optional) salt to taste and pepper powder.
  • Squeeze  the bitter gourds to remove excess water and immediately mix with the coconut.

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  • Slice the onion very thinly.
  • Heat oil in a wok and splutter some mustard seeds(optional).
  • Saute onions until slightly golden. Toss a lot of curry leaves.

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  • Add bitter gourds mixed with coconut.
  • Stir fry continuously.  (Do not close the lid or add water at any point)
  • Toss often and stir fry until the bitter gourd pieces no longer taste raw but nice and crunchy as well as taste great.
  • Adjust salt and pepper.
  • Done!!

More recipes inspired by Karella ;

Karella Stuffed

karella stuffed

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/stuffed-karella-bitter-gourd-karavila-karella-at-its-glorious-best/

Karella Curry

Karella curry
http://happyrecipes.co.uk/bitter-gourd-karellakaravila-curry-inspired-by-panjabi-cuisine/

 

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